If you have a body you are an athlete, live your life like a pro

What it Means to Live Your Life Like a Pro. Like an Athlete

Live your life like a pro. 

Is that just a motivational saying? We’ve been hearing “like a pro” a lot on everything from car commercials to products of every kind to represent the idea of doing things at our best, to the highest levels as our performance culture swings into full gear.

I love the campaign from GMC around Living Like a Pro. Watch it here.

This is a term you will hear a lot about here to at Performance Lifestyle [PL] but for a deep and specific reason, not merely marketing. Its origin comes from where the whole idea of living a performance lifestyle came from, in professional athletics, which underscores a commitment to a way of life that directly links your lifestyle with your success in life, and broadly that’s what we’re all about; living your life like a pro.

But what if, in the marketing of performance lifestyle, you see images about athletes, and you’re not an athlete right now, meaning, you don’t participate in sports and aren’t even a fitness enthusiast?

Many people coming into a performance lifestyle, while they can relate to the whole idea of why athletes and other healthy, high-achieving people perform, look and feel the way they do, living their lives “like a pro,” are “driven and drained,” tired, suffering from fatigue, etc. So the whole idea of thinking and living like an athlete may at first feel a little daunting and they may walk away and say “this is not for me.”

But keep in mind that athletes are regular people too, and they too get run down. Here’s a great story I saw recently from a Tour De France Cyclist that goes into the very common experience we help parents, business professionals, and creative artists often get out of. It’s the downward spiral because we don’t pay attention to the signs and symptoms of overworking, in the same way, an athlete may be overtraining (as that is there work).

It’s a really telling article and I like the way it references the very real downward spiraling experience, not only a world-class athlete can go through, but everyday achievers often go through regularly through overwork, and over engagement.

The primary problem we are solving is fatigue, helping people recover from excess stress, and then, learn the skills, to live in balance with vibrant health and peace of mind while achieving even their most ambitious goals.

Athletics is not just a source of inspiration from the one population that directly links their lifestyle with their, energy, health, performance and success in life; but athletic insights point to the fact that we are all athletes and can also learn from what sports athletes can teach us.

We are not trying to convert people into competitive athletes; we are in part teaching how athletes approach life. This helps people transition from going on diets and trying to stick to workout programs and wedge the latest information from all the health and fitness magazines out there to make up for what are lifestyle issues, towards installing the mindset and skill set to thrive. Ref: the Performance Lifestyle mindset and skillset.

We are using the metaphor and experience of athletics to have people start thinking and living like an athlete, or “like a pro,” for a transformation in outlook with a more natural way to live to boot. Once could say that living a “performance lifestyle” is living the natural experience of life, proactively.

Athletes are regular people too, they just have a different game than say a small business owner or executive that most of us can relate to because we “watch” them play and many of us have athletic experience from back in our school days.

If you remember, athletics is where true performance is desired and supported and is not confused with productivity (results) alone, as it is in most non-athletic environments. It’s also model to begin employing the full gamut of performance mindset and lifestyle skills for better results in our lives.

What we call Performance Lifestyle, a good percentage of athletes don’t even know, succeeding in spite of having an optimal lifestyle; which is why we are also serving people with recreational or sporting pursuits as well. Regardless of what you are up to, the lifestyle science, principles, and practices are the same, only the strategy for you will change. For example, many athletes lose their performance edge, because just like non-athletes their sleep is compromised daily.

They may be pros but they are not living like pros, out of alignment with the fundamentals of successful living.

Living your life like-a-pro simply means:

  • That for perhaps the first time in your life, you are going to set standards, boundaries, rule, goals, etc for how you live, starting with how you sleep and live with optimal energy levels. That statement is huge, with so much packed into it, as simple as it sounds. Even elite athletes need to learn more about this.
  • You will also start to learn the optimal performance state so that you get free of all the wasted time so many of us invest in thinking that leads to depression, distraction, and difficulty. Thinking that’s mired in criticism, comparison, and competitiveness (not the sporting kind or healthy levels in business and life that reward the person who is prepared) that ultimately suffocate the idea of living a lifestyle that supports you and what you’re up to in the world.
  • And ultimately, you end up living a lifestyle that supports you and what you are up to in the world. That’s a Performance Lifestyle. It’s inspired, educated and support, dynamic, and resilient. It’s knowing what to do, how to do it and why, so you do it at the level, intensity, and consistency that meets your needs and delivers your wants.

Is uniquely yours. And that’s living your life like a pro.

The Healthy High Achiever

The Healthy High Achiever and How You Can Become One

The Healthy High Achiever is a term, a profile of a person you will hear about allot about. Who is this person and what makes them so unique?

First, a story…

Sara serves as vice-president of a large medical facility, a position filled with high pressure and stress. However, Sara has just spent a year in PerformanceLifestyle® training and is working with a coach to develop her lifestyle. It took several weeks to simply slow down, assess where she was, and acknowledge that her overly driven lifestyle – as it once was – was killing her. Additionally, it was killing her dreams, killing her family relationships, and killing her very sense of wellbeing.

Learning how to rest and recuperate (and increase her energy levels naturally) was Sara’s first major change. Her next step was learning how to eat nutrient-rich foods for optimal nutrition and learning how to develop a lifestyle approach to fitness. Upon applying the skills that enabled her to maintain those changes, the rest of the lifestyle (ultimately in her words) she said she “restored her life.

No longer is Sara continually overwhelmed or exhausted. When those feelings come, she knows they are temporary, because she has learned exactly how to move forward in a position of strength

She restructured her life and added support and has worked on all aspects of her lifestyle so that she can achieve her now clearer goals in a more balanced and healthy way. She has learned how to incorporate the essence of the natural cycles mentioned earlier in the eBook, Driven and Drained. For many months now, she can honestly say that she has avoided hitting the wall. Previously it was a daily event (sometimes several times a day). Now when great amounts of energy have been expended, Sara knows exactly how to replenish that vital energy store.

No longer misinterpreting fatigue and falling for the stimulant delusion (thinking you are gaining energy when you are really just getting more exhausted, she can now focus on her goals without the worry that she will run out of energy and maintainers her lifestyle to support that process.

She finds she is more engaged when at work, and more disengaged from her workload when she’s home with family. Additionally, her sleep at night is much more deep and restful.
Sara’s goals are more achievable. She knows what a goal is and what it is not, and that’s made a huge difference. And her ever improving lifestyle has purpose.
Time with family has become more precious to her, and she would never ever give up her valuable recuperation times (which she designed for herself and is even incorporating a pastime in her regeneration strategy that she loves – oil painting –). By Sara’s own admission she feels better than she has in years. Her thinking is clearer, and she is achieving more than she ever thought possible.

One of the main things Sara is still challenged with is coming to terms with all the bad habits she has accumulated as a result of marketing, fatigue, and lack of understanding, so she has had to become more aware of her present situation and circumstances and use the symptoms and excuses that pop up as doorways into the lifestyle solutions she has learned and continues to learn. This par for the course for anyone.

She has performance lifestyle training in her life ongoing and doesn’t see it like a program she is on only to achieve a short terms objective like losing weight, or becoming more tone; she sees her lifestyle as something as a way of life she got into, to support not only those outcomes but in staying energetic, health and high performing when it matters most so she can realize her dreams.

Does she have some challenges from time to time? Yes, she’s human and human beings can get stuck… She doesn’t demonize it or say all is lost take it personally, make it permanent or pervasive in her life. What happened is what happened and she moves forward—resolving her challenges, evolving with an ever-improving mindset and lifestyle skillset for achieving her goals and other aspects of her wellbeing.

Most importantly, she’s living as who she really is, and this has reduced the obstacles in her life in a profound way. More on that later.

How did she start? 

She just got started in Performance Lifestyle’s core PL365 training for life. It’s the training that goes on month in and month out all year round here at Performance Lifestyle Inc. No one is beyond the practice of The 12 Essential Lifestyle Skills You Need to Know to Live Your Life Like a Pro. You just keep getting better and better and better.

Those days of living indiscriminately with no lifestyle strategy, sleeping whenever, eating whatever and exercising if ever, are behind her.

She is no longer to-doing herself to death as an achiever, over-committing and underperforming with too many goals, or attempting to live as a high performer all the time. She is now a healthy higher achieving person, with a performance lifestyle she can call her own.

If you haven’t 1) read Driven and Drained, become a Performance Lifestyle subscriber to receive your free ebook. In that book, you’ll learn about making a regeneration transformation that will put your life on a whole new trajectory. Too often we say knew to a new path in life simply because we’re too overwhelmed and tired at the time it presents itself. And then, 2) you’ll receive the 5-video introductory training series introducing you to living a performance lifestyle you can call your own.

Watch that series (a total of 16 minutes) before you start Performance Lifestyle training, which by the way starts the minute you subscribe. Then you can 3) join us in PL365.

That 3 step process will change your life for the better, forever.

 

 

2018 Winter Olympics

Performance Lifestyle, the Past Olympics and YOU

Recently, the 2018 Winter Olympics came to an end after two weeks of witnessing the worlds best amatuer athletes display their hard earned skill, grace and determination.

Do you want to know why we admire the Olympics and the athletes so much?

Is it because we see the athletes’ talent and grace on the grand, world stage performing like the pros they are in all kinds of events? Surely that’s true, but it’s also the fact, at a deeper level that they have the capacity to perform the way they do, look and feel the way they do too and consciously or subconsciously, we’re like “wow!.”

What are they doing in their life that most of us are not doing?

The answers are not as surprising as one might think and are not out of reach for us all to apply in our own lives for the kinds of life achievements we all imagine at one time or another. nts you imagine.

Of course, we don’t see their struggle, the commitment, the failure and defeat, the dedication, exhaustion, and perseverance amidst all the practice that it takes to get there and “peak” during the time we are watching them. And of course, the Olympics is only one event (or events) that they compete in each year. There are events throughout the year they compete in as well on top of the daily grind of practice that it all takes.

So what do Olympians do that makes it all possible? Surely, any synopsis in an article would be only a snippet, a mere take on the bigger picture; but some of what they do will point to all of what they do that enables them to show up so ready to dazzle us with all the possibilities of the human force that they are.

First, let’s cut to the chase. These healthy high achieving people live performance lifestyles. As the homepage of PerformanceLifestyle.com says, all healthy, high-achieving have performance lifestyles. Olympic athlete or not, it does not matter if they are into sports or even fitness enthusiasts; healthy, high achieving people, have some version of a performance lifestyle.

No, not the same one that you will live, but the one that supports them and what they are up to in the world.

As we always say, a performance lifestyle is a lifestyle that fully supports you, and what you’re up to in the world, or “your game.” It connects all the dots, a lifestyle mindset, and skills; every aspect of your lifestyle is fine-tuned and directly linked to your goals and success. ???????The “healthy” is build in, a given, and the “balanced” is a byproduct of knowing what to do, how to do it, and why you’re doing it so you do it at the right time, at the right level, intensity and consistency; else one could not perform well, free of the distractions that would hold them back otherwise.  And all of that comes with experience, with training.

That’s what makes the difference between the lifestyle of a world-class Olympic athlete or any other healthy high achieving person and those who are not; it’s both the game they’re playing and the fact that they optimize their lifestyle for energy, health, and performance.

Now, of course, I’m sure if you were going to be watched by a stand full of people every time you competed, you would probably practice more, prepare better and ready yourself at a whole new level so that you would shine. But the reality is, as everyday people who are not on the world’s stage, competing in front of stands of people or maybe in front of anyone for that matter, we don’t see ourselves as worthy of that kind of lifestyle.

But we are!

You see, your life as a parent, a business professional, maybe a creative artist or amateur athlete is just as worthy of the best lifestyle possible as that of an Olympic athlete and just imagine what your life would be like if your life management, were just like theirs, or closer to it? You would be getting much better results indeed.

Imagine if you see your life from the perspective of being on the court, and not in the stands, and all that you applied in your life was directly tied to your success in life, your business or career, your performance or sport. How much better would you live?

Would you know what, or how to optimize your lifestyle to perform, look and feel better?
No one group of people epitomizes this mindset better than athletes.

You see, We are all athletes. The same fundamentals that an Olympic athlete needs to apply in their life to manage their energy, stay healthy, function and perform at higher levels are the same for you. It’s only the game specific training and strategy that may be different.

The principles and practices of a performance lifestyle that support you and your game, are the same whether you are a world class athlete, world-class executive or manager or a world class parent. But what makes you “world class” is your lifestyle strategy.

A strategy is always unique to you, your desired outcomes and what you want to achieve.

For a simple example, if you are simply want to be the great parent, you probably won’t be eating the way would if you were training for Olympic gold in skating, but eating up to 90% or more nutrient-rich food, is the same for both outcomes. There was once a time when maybe that top athlete was eating poorly in their own life, relying on youthful vigor and skill to win, and they may still be eating poorly and compensating with other aspects of their lifestyle but eventually they change once they realize the benefits, And that’s also no different than you.

Everyone does better when they have the optimal nutrition that’s great tasting, great for you, and convenient.

And that’s just one example. Eating is less than 10% of a performance lifestyle. The point is, They aren’t just practicing the halfpipe or figure skating on a regular basis, they have a whole lifestyle that enables them to sustain their training, get the most out of it and win in their sport. They may not have medalled in the Olympics, but just think of what it took to get there!

What’s it going to take to get you closer to being on top of your game? You don’t need to be the best, nor are we preparing you for the olympics, but just consider for a moment, how much better you could be doing if you upleveled your lifestyle starting today.

So while one person may want to win gold in the halfpipe freestyle at the Olympics, you may want to become a higher-tier marketer, or business owner, manager, salesperson, parent or creative artist or amateur athlete. It doesn’t matter, the fundamentals of successful living are the same. The tactics may change, the level at which you practice may change, how you practice may be unique, but the fundamentals are the same.

Lastly, living a performance lifestyle is foremost a mindset; it’s how you approach your life, and this is an of itself makes the difference. Yes, I could riddle off a litany of being proactive vs reactive, on purpose vs. not, keeping your eyes on the prize or just settling to get by… and keep going with that; but these valuable quotes would be just quotes, mere tweaks of your approach to life.

What we are saying here is that if you link how you live (your lifestyle) with your success in life, your career etc, while you will still be challenged from time to time, you will not be distracted or held back by the challenges most people struggle with. Your “performance lifestyle” mindset and the skills set you will learn will simply overcome them.

Are you in a performance lifestyle practice you can call your own?

As the 2018 Winter Olympics came to a close and PerformanceLifestyle.com is now going to a whole new level, we thought it was fitting for you to reflect on the inspiration of what we’ve just witnessed a few weeks back, and consider: how you can improve your performance in life, in your business a creative pursuit or sport by developing a performance lifestyle of your own; one that supports you and what you are up to in the world.

That’s what we’re going to help you do in the weeks and months that come.

So thanks for all the inspiration, “fellow athletes” in all the Olympic games you played. On behalf of all the aspiring performance lifestylers out there, those people who want to be both healthy and high achieving, we salute you.

Back Pain requires a Lifestyle solution

Back Pain Requires a Lifestyle Solution

Chances are if your 35-65 and in the throes of raising children, growing your business or in your career, exercising, let alone having a creative or sporting pursuit, you have experience back pain.

Recently, my back went into spasm. It’s something that usually happens when I get worn down, there’s an emotional trigger and I’ve been sitting for a bit too long, which happens when I get tired. 

Now I have a history of back issues, due to athletics, adhesion buildup (that’s scar tissue) and I had an injury due to falling on black ice a few years back that left me in the hospital for a few months and drugs, inactivity, a less than optimal diet and a whole lot of other consequential and disruptive stresses.  

But in the past, when I was much younger (and dumber) I would let that pain run its course and just carry on with my life. I was busy. Today, things are very different. I’m still busy, more so in fact, but knowing what I know about a cause, and resolving issues rather than letting them build into vicious cycles and downward spirals, I deal with it. 

But like any human being, sometimes I/we gain expertise in a certain context, and then shift into a different context and forget to apply what I know. 

This is what was happening with me and back pain. You see, I never really looked at it as a result of lifestyle factors. I saw it as just, well… back pain. And I had a story about it, that really did nothing about it. 

Well, that changed this past August.  

Back in August when my back pain was high and in spasm, not only did I need to go to multiple back pain specialists, each specializing in one modality, until I finally found a physical therapist that offered a multimodality approach– such as dry needling, traction, rolfing, electric stimulation, adhesion breakup techniques, stretching. I also used some chiropractic. I also tuned into all the lifestyle factors that had to change so that I didn’t give rise to this back problem and it was nothing less than a series of both tactical and strategic lifestyle changes that were required.

So I  was committed to not having this pain again and to the time it might take to get out in front of this debilitating experience.

So here’s what I concluded…

 1) I acknowledged that I needed to drop some of the weight of the past that had built up following my long hospital stay and never left. I had a new set point at a higher weight and that needed to change. It was the weight that was putting pressure on my lumbar joints. In process.

2)I had a good deal of excessive stress at the time that my back went into spasm. That had to change, so I changed several approaches to things that were going on at the time. One was an intensive leadership course I was involved in, where the instructor required everyone is sitting. I had to push back and stand a good portion of the time.

3) I needed to focus more on my core and keep it strengthened indeed; using both abdominal and back extension techniques

4) I needed some whole body light therapy (PBMT) to help accelerate recovery and help regenerate the tissue at a cellular level. This was invaluable and has now become a regular function in my lifestyle.

5) I realized I was not stretching regularly at the time and needed to build this back into my routine. Yeah, I got lax, really lax. 

6) I had/have to pay special attention to responding calmly to what would for most people, or anybody, be an emotional experience. This past year saw our new baby girl being born, a major new release of our website and huge changes that were very challenging at times to deal with. With the excess demands on me, I just could not and can not afford the energy spend of emotional outbursts; it was putting me over my edge.

Even in my work with clients, I am taking a much more “unfolding” style of information delivery, less the cerebral, willful and dynamic push of information that I am used to because it’s very taxing on my energy levels. This new style enables me to regenerate more fluidly. 

7) I needed to be drinking more water and electrolytes. I eat such a high-water content diet, but sometimes I forget to hydrate alongside.

8) Back exercises that catered to my condition needed to continue on a regular basis.

9) I would have to engage more regularly in traction, like with an inversion bed to take the pressure off my spine and elongate it. My back pain was not just caused by the buildup of scar tissue, there was a degenerated disk, (common among 50-year-olds), which under the right circumstances, it was pinching down on a nerve. So I needed to build this in more regularly not just when the pain emerged.

10) And probably the most important I needed to maintain my regeneration practice at the highest levels. In our busy, world, it’s easy to deprioritize regeneration in the spirit of working harder and longer (even for worthy reasons) and wear yourself down. We call this burning out and trading your health for success. From time to time, usually, when back issues spring up, I don’t need to look hard to discover that I’ve worn my body down due to getting lax on recovery and recuperation and it’s negatively affected my lifestyle.  

It’s that pattern that we largely help people stay out of here at PerformanceLifestyle.com.

There are reasons why #10 is the crux of living a performance lifestyle. You simply can’t mess with waring yourself down. You must keep yourself as highly regenerated as you can, starting with sleep.

It’s why on our new site, making a “regeneration transformation” is the key to correcting course when you start feeling worn down, and vital to living a performance lifestyle. 
So you can see, even with specific symptoms like back pain, it is almost never less than a whole lifestyle approach that succeeds in resolving the issue and an issue like back bain requires nothing less. It’s no surprise so many people experience back pain because most of us are worn down (tired, fatigued) and coping with stress in ways that create more stress and symptoms.  Back pain is one of the biggest. 
These ten points are just part and parcel of a whole lifestyle, but it illustrates the point that it’s never just one thing that solves a stress problem. It’s the lifestyle you are presently engaged in that’s determining your performance and performance is a lifestyle; it requires a whole new normal.
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Why You Want to Beat Fatigue and Increase Your Action Potential.

February is in full form, and this is a big month. It’s when your momentum for the year will likely make the biggest spike following the end of the year past and the start of the new now taking shape.  

For us, after years of bringing this whole idea of what it means to live a “performance lifestyle” together, the new website PerformanceLifestyle.com IS going to go live. We thought it would be this week, but it’s going to be next. People plan and God often times has other plans. 😉

I’m particularly excited about it because we’re providing the needed insight, for starters, into a big problem that is affecting millions of people whether they know it (and most do) or not (and there are a lot of these people too).

It’s the problem of fatigue or feeling tired all the time that I’m talking about; including, but not limited to the kind of fatigue you experience after a hard day’s work.

While that’s expected, and to some degree, normal and natural, it’s accentuated today due to technology, the access to information and the type of work most of us are doing these days processing that information.  It’s more draining than you realize.

The thing is, many or even most of us do not know how to deal with even that fatigue let alone when that fatigue develops into a chronic energy debt that you can’t see and often aren’t even aware of, yet it has far-reaching influences.

And it’s because so many people suffer from fatigue that they suffer from weight and health/mental health issues, and performance and quality-of-life issues; and there are a series of underlying lifestyle issues that give rise to it.

Hence, if you are reading this, why you are learning about all the underlying and hidden lifestyle challenges that give rise to fatigue and poor lifestyle habits, so you can begin living in balance with vibrant health and peace of mind while achieving even your most ambitious goals.
It’s called a “performance lifestyle,” the curriculum for living where you learn how to:

  • Get the performance edge via optimal sleep—the morning, daytime and nighttime routines that support it,
  • Master the secrets of living with optimal energy levels
  • Function in the optimal performance state (most of the time 😉
  • Align with essential lifestyle habits you need to know to live your life, like a pro.
  • Influence others in a way that helps them, you the planet we live on.

Whether fatigue is pronounced in your life and chronic, or simply a low-level fatigue, or vital exhaustion that’s just always there clouding your attitude and life now devoid of the surges of energy you use to have; its accumulation leads to burning out and wearing out the human brain and body and that doesn’t end well.

This is a big issue, one of the biggest facing humankind, and particularly since technology-driven information age has kicked into high gear, effectively creating a performance culture with widespread effects on the mode, pace, intensity, and consistency of how we live and the consequences we experience.

So while you’ll often hear us talking about “living your life like a pro,” referring to where the inspiration for living a Performance Lifestyle came from (professional and elite athletes) and that you don’t need to be into sports or even a fitness enthusiast to benefit from the mindset and skills set that performance lifestyle training reveals, and, the training curriculum was designed for everyday achievers who want to perform, look and feel better; it effectively solves the far deeper and far-reaching problem of fatigue.

For you to rise stronger than ever before in your life, regardless of age; you need to make sure that you’ve got the energy to do it. Not much transformation happens, personally (physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually) professionally, creatively or recreatively, unless it’s powered by higher levels of the life force that drives and animates your every minute of every day.

And therein lies the problem.

Most of us are so driven today “generating” that energy at exceptional levels that we’re not regenerating it regularly and systematically at the level we need and at the core of our lifestyle so that we experience that “peak performance” you hear so much about but so few experience without trading their health for it. Too many of us are on our edge and just getting through.

And in the name of maintaining an exceptional level of human performance, we’re effectively trading our health for success, because as we deplete our body/brain of this life force due to a lack of recuperating at least the amount of energy we’re spending, and our entire lifestyle is affected, and negatively.
And that gives rise to all kinds of diseases.

Everything from vital exhaustion, chronic fatigue, burnout, to you wearing out and dying out, every disease is influenced by the not so natural, and expedited decline so many of us are experiencing these days. Across the board, from mental health issues like depression to cancer (all of which are lifestyle-induced), there is a fatigue-related origin.

So imagine from our standpoint, knowing what’s at the root of all that suffering, how compelled we are to help people learn how to regenerate effectively and successfully and live their lives like the pro’s do; the way healthy high achieving people do.

Imagine how excited we are to help you beat fatigue, increase your action potential and make what we’re calling a “Regeneration Transformation.” 

  • Reduce your stress,
  • Restore your energy (get out of energy debt) and
  • Elevate your performance.

If that is going on, on a regular basis you will make a transformation; you’ll perform, look and feel better and be driven to improve not only every other aspect of your lifestyle but each area of your life because you’ll have the energy to do it.

Our lives are complex today, and it takes both a certain mindset and skillset, at a whole new level of awareness and development, to achieve our goals without wearing our body/brain out and paying for that success with our health and wellbeing. That’s what most people do.

Faced with the same challenges that’s why we’ve developed the Performance Lifestyle® Curriculum for Living.  But before we can get into all of that, we are looking forward to helping you make the kind of transformation that will dramatically change how you improve anything else in your life.

So, when the new website goes live, I will resend this page complete with links. I want you to download the Beat Fatigue Now, Ebook Free and read it!

Everything else you do this year, the level at which you do it, how intensively and consistently you do it will depend on it.

Morning Routine, Cryotherapy, cold therapy, heat therapy, light therapy etc

The Morning Routine and Why It is Essential to Your Success

Morning routines and night time or bedtime routines are all the rage and for good reason, they are the setup for and essential to the overall performance we all depend on every day and signify a shift in our paradigms for staying energetic, healthy, fit and productive.

Less and less we are subjecting ourselves, or at least depending on the latest diet and exercise routines alone to help us deal with the energy depletion, weight,  poor health and deconditioning issues driven people suffer from when they live an overwhelming lifestyle with too much stress, too much food, too little movement, and insufficient sleep…

Now, we’re getting serious about lifestyle and learning the skills for living balanced and healthy successfully; performance lifestyles that work for us and what we’re to in the world.

Nowhere is this more evident, besides the absolute explosion in health and wellness, performance and wellbeing insights on the Internet and in books, magazines, and podcasts, than the emphasis on routines like your morning morning and your night time routines.

The Bookends of Your Day. 

These are known as “the bookends of your day,” and they have paramount influence over our lives.

For example: Imagine (you might not have to imagine that hard 😉 that you were to end your day with 1-3 hours of TV and go to bed, instead of 9:00, but now at 10PM-1: 00 AM. Ok, not so bad that you go to bed at 10:00, or even 11:00 once in a while, you can compensate for that. But every night, you’re watching TV and worse eating.

We won’t even get into the quality of the food here, but we’re going to assume, given the stress levels in so many peoples lives, it’s not very healthy food and more about pleasure eating, and medicating one to sleep.  Now, think about the consequences of that seemingly innocuous period of daily entertainment where we eat before bed.

a) You are not really recuperating in the sense that you are falling asleep though you are relaxing, winding down, and facing your exhaustion. For this reason, I myself (John Allen Mollenhauer) have often watched TV in the past, and to some extent, it is useful for this purpose after a very stressful day as you focus externally. But, one doesn’t usually sit in front of the TV by itself. We usually eat and today with episode-series on Netflix or “tv shows, as a never-ending movie,” television watching is usually not one hour. So you chew up hours at night.

b) Those hours throw off your sleep not only in terms of hours, but what you ate or drank and consumed in the form of stimulation from the movie you were watching is still occupying your body-brain when you sleep or attempt to.

c) Now you are awake having, in addition, overdosed on blue light, and your brain thinks it’s still daytime, so you roll around trying anything to tire you out with the added pressure that you need to fall asleep soon, else you won’t get up or be able to function well the next day. And that creates the opposite effect.

d)  During the night, you now have the food to deal with, not the full repair of your body, and the vital brain and nervous system activity that should be the primary function in your sleep, which are now diminished. Note. I greatly simply all the functions that go on during sleep with the previous statement.

e) You are awakened several times during the night due to reflux in the digestive tract or bronchial tubes as you airways get blocked, and to go to the “restroom,” which is ironically messing up your rest. And now you not only wake up tired, but your body hasn’t fully recovered, repaired etc.

On that nightly routine, you again do not need to imagine too hard what the day will look like as you engage tired and attempt to get wired to keep going and that sets up our insights into your morning routine.

  • Our morning routine ensures that we wake up with a grounding in who we really are before thought, free of old (maybe disempowering) thoughts directly connected to not only the source of our gratitude but with what we are grateful for in mind and will focus on for the day.
  • Our night time routine ensures that we go to bed with peace of mind, ready for a drop in body temperature, satisfied with a complete close out of the day so that we can sleep with minimal extended periods of awakening, restore and get ready for another day of wakefulness.

How we bookend our days determines in large part how the rest of our day will go because you’re either primed for full function and performance or you are relegated to struggle through, even when things are going well for you (at least for now), in your broader life.

So let’s look into the morning routine what can one include and why?  

Keep in mind your energy is highest, whether you feel like that’s true or not, in the AM. You have just completed your sleep, complete or not. So, you want to take advantage of this time and do so in accordance with how well you’ve slept. In other words, the same routine is not always best. You have to understand your present situation and circumstances so it may not be best to exercise after a really poor night of sleep, at least at that time.

Prayer, meditation, and contemplation and priming are the core of a morning routine because these practices align you with your “source,” God, nature, intelligent energy of the universe etc, and this is a wonderful way to start the day; from where it all begins and ends.  No matter how well or poorly you’ve slept because they are mostly regenerative in nature, to begin with; your experience of these practices will be exponentially better if you are on a firm foundation fo sleep.

Have you ever tried to meditate when you are tired? Zzzzz. The most enlightend people are no different. They struggle.

When you meditate is always up for debate, but the best answer is, it depends on your preferences and what you want the ancillary benefits to be. Meditation can happen all day, but for an extended period, I for one, like to meditate after I exercise and workout and or during the use of some of the effective stimulation and recovery therapies I use like cold therapy, red light therapy, pulsed electromagnetic field therapy or compression devices etc.

It’s called “stacking;” doing more than one complementary practice at one time. You don’t always need to sit like a Buddhist monk to meditate, though that may be the ideal.

These recovery therapies, I’m speaking of both stimulate you in beneficial hormetic ways (unlike coffee or other types of unhealthy stimulants that make up many peoples morning routine) and induce a recovery that makes you stronger as time passes and the body has a chance to adapt. Among other benefits, they work to accelerate your recovery at a nervous system, mitochondrial, and cellular level, that ultimately results in a measurable increase in personal and professional performance.

When you start using recovery therapies as part a commitment to regeneration in your life amazing things happen.

For one, hormesis; simply put; what doesn’t kills you makes you stronger. Hormesis is a biological phenomenon whereby a beneficial effect (improved health, stress tolerance, growth or longevity) results from exposure to low doses of an agent that is otherwise toxic or lethal when given at higher doses, such as cold or hot therapies.

With an optimal morning routine, for you, that is, soon you’ll be approaching your day in ways that you would usually only see elite athletes engage. Not all athletes have fully established morning and evening routines, let alone well-established performance lifestyles at this time in history, unlike Tom Brady who lives his version of a Performance Lifestyle. Which is to say that athlete or not, we are all learning how to develop lifestyles and the optimization routines that enable us to sustain high energy levels, health and performance, play and live well into the future. And your morning routine is one of the most important routines of the day.

It’s clear that people want to stop debiting their longevity for short-term performance gains attained by strategies that are stimulatory in the wrong kind of way, addicting, and are devoid of science, principle and sound practice that only result in compounding effects and more struggle.

Let’s see, wake up and drink coffee and more coffee, eat a danish, drink a Redbull, and I think you get the point. That is so yesterday.

The drive for all of this is coming from the simple fact that we are living in a performance culture now. Due to a 24 / 7 global market, the rise in technology, the breakdown of traditional boundaries for work, life and sleep, and access to so much information and opportunity; people who may have never been an athlete or even a fitness enthusiast are now compelled to start adopting some more athletically-oriented routines simply because they are feeling the effects of stress like never before.

Such as:

  • Energy depletion
  • Weight gain
  • Health deterioration
  • Deconditioning
  • Mental strain
    Etc.

Who’s got time for that?

You’re a professional services provider, marketing director or a CEO for a startup or an established company, you are managing people, and you realize you need to perform as much or more than an elite athlete at least 6 days a week, up to 50 weeks per year!

You can only respond to that level of performance stress with wine, coffee, Cheetos and late nights on willpower for so long before your body starts to break down, and you struggle to cope.  You need powerful routines to (as we way) live in balance with vibrant health and peace of mind while acheving even you most ambitious goals.

That’s why people are now developing what are called “performance lifestyles” today, and learning the foundational skills around sleep, living with optimal energy levels, mindset (what we like to call headset training, since there is more to the optimal performance state than your brain) and the lifestyle skills that enables us to function and perform, look and feel the way we want in our lives; it’s because we’re finally giving attention to energy and health, performance and wellbeing.

All of it!

Your lifestyle is comprised of a series of routines. Your lifestyle itself is a macro routine and most other things you do, require a routine. From how you wake up to how you engage your day, live and work throughout your day, wind down and start it all over; daily, weekly, annually, over the course of your lifetime.

Routines become habits and are ultimately and situationaly responsible for creating the results in our lives.

So, if roughly one-third of your life is meant to be in a state of sleep, and the other two are meant to be in a waking state, it makes sense that we’re going to want to have a lifestyle that supports optimal performance relative to the time of day. And that means optimizing our morning, daytime and nighttime routines as these are what make up the 24-hour cycle.

Tony Robbins. 

Let’s take Tony Robbins, for example, a man I used to work for back in the early days of my career. He is one of the most visible people and a go-to pro on his morning routine. Note: You are not Tony Robbins and Tony Robbins is not you, so you want to learn how to engage your day with routines that work for you. More so, you want to learn the underlying dynamics so that when you’re circumstances change and are not conducive to your perfect routine playing out, you’ve got ways to make it the best it can be.

That said, you can get some good ideas from Tony and from others, as you develop a Performance Lifestyle you can call your own.

Tony Robbins, illustrates a great point. When Tony Robbins prepares for one of his long, multi-day seminars, physical training is as important to creating an engaging experience as is nailing his material. Seminars like “Unleash the Power Within” consistently run past their scheduled daily endings, and Robbins will be on his feet — running, jumping, and yelling across the stage and audience — for as much as 16 hours in a day. On top of that, the world-famous life coach is on the road for the majority of the year, and he runs 12 companies.

Here’s Tony Robbins Morning Routine when he’s in Fiji.  Tony Robbins also talks about priming his day. He also talks about cold therapy, the use of cryotherapy and even red light therapy.

To deal with the level of stress Tony is faced with, sleep is only one component. It’s the most foundation component as this is the bedrock of regenerating your energy, which is essential to the proper function of all other daily routines. So learning to optimise your daily routine so that sleep is optimal is a great place to start.

Back to Tony Robbins.

You’ll see that Tony, uses some pretty expensive equipment ranging from $5000, to $25,000 to $50,000 to $120,000 and most of us are not going to have access to that kind of equipment in our homes. Some of us will, but most 97% or more won’t so to get access to these technologies you will want to search out Cryotherapy studios or other types of recovery industry centers that provide access to these kinds of services.

As a company, Performance Lifestyle Inc is planning to roll out Regenus Centers™ by Performance Lifestyle® in the coming year. Recovery centers are popping up and ideally in places where people are already so they can build advanced recovery into their day. And even still, assuming you are not yet a client of a “Regenus Center” like facility, we will still want you to have a morning and night time routine using at-home facilities when getting to a center is not possible; not only for recovery, but readying yourself for start of your day and winding it down at the end for optimal sleep and next day performance.

So it’s only practical that even Tony is not going to have a cryotherapy chamber everywhere he is or goes, such as at his vacation home and resort in Fiji, as it has to be run by somebody in Fiji, or even at home. He does happen to have a cryotherapy chamber, and while Cryotherapy is significantly different from an ice bath, an ice bath will appear to have a similar effect and that’s why he does it in various places. He has multiple homes.

This is something that an athlete would do, and now you can too at home, or at a recovery center like Tony.

I (John Allen Mollenhauer) do a cold shower every morning for instance; warm to hot showers at night so that you actually lower your body temperature as a secondary effect before bed.

Other morning routine practices…

  • Meditation to get grounded in who you really are, not who you think you are is a given!
  • Priming to get your mindset focused (more psychological and contemplative than meditation).
  • Electric stimulation mats that act like massage, are useful based on pulsed electromagnetic field therapy.
  • Going to a home or outside gym, of course. Although later in the day, 5-6pm, probably ideal time as testosterone is at peak; and according to natural circadian rhythms, you have the greatest cardiovascular and efficiency and muscular strength. But the reality is, that may or may not work out in the schedule. We do it when we can and usually around energy levels.
  • Cold shower, ice baths or Cryotherapy (Optimal) for hormetic stimulation that’s invigorating, detoxification, and resilience building. Do any of these and you’ll never rely on coffee again.
  • Red near-infrared light is a very recent development not only for Tony Robbins, but the rest of the broader market which is only just beginning to tune into recovery therapies that are so vital to making a regeneration transformation, but it is probably the best solution to use for regeneration and transformation available.
  • Red near-infrared light and heat saunas are an addition to the daily routine.
  • Hot showers, an awesome tactic before bed.

All or some of these therapies can be built into your routine, pending condition, time, resources, schedule, access and more; and are great as part of a person morning, daytime or nighttime routine; before and after sleep to optimize performance in the 24-hour cycle.

Some like a hot shower or sauna could be better at the end of the day because of the dynamics but are still effective at other times of the day.

The basic morning routine cold or hot, meditation or priming, exercise… most people can do at home at some level in the time they have. More advanced routines require some gear, like light/cryotherapy, stimulation, message, compression etc.

Develop your morning routine and more

Your morning routine for starters, your daily routines, your nighttime and bedtime routines are of paramount importance. It’s time to get serious about em’ if you are not already. You can use the support of a coach to help you understand your situation and circumstances, the stage you’re at and your objectives so that you can develop the right morning routine (s) and other key daily or night time routines for you.

Remember, one of the primary reasons why these routines are so important is because it’s become critical that we all have more recovery in our lives. People today are too driven, and our ambitions are outpacing our ability to take care of our selves our bodies and our lives.  It’s why fatigue is prominent today.

It’s time to get serious about your lifestyle and one of the best promoters and inspiring ideas to improve your lifestyle is to make a Regeneration Transformation.

Join the “re” generation, and start making the regeneration transformation today. Subscribe here.

 

The Transformation All Others Depend On

The Transformation All Successful Resolutions Depend On

As we share with you the transformation all successful resolutions depend on, let’s start with a quick story. 
I (John Allen Mollenhauer, founder of Performance Lifesytle Inc) was talking with a very good friend of mine Mike, a few days back, at a holiday brunch and was clearly reminded of why I do what I do with a team of people committed to the same; which is: 
Help people recover from excessive stress in their lives, and learn how to live in balance with vibrant health and peace of mind while (and so one can) achieving even their most ambitious goals in a “performance lifestyle” they can call their own. 
He said, “over the last three years, in particular, I’ve felt like my body was just burning out. It’s not the same as I used to know it and I’m thinking very differently about my future as a result”
Mind you, he’s got an 8-year old, (he’s 49) and runs a global consulting practice; so, to put it simply, he’s an ambitious person with a lot of responsibility and wants to feel better.

At some point, I gracefully pointed out “the curse” of the capable (not the book I co-wrote) but the idea behind it, and that is how easy it is to get caught up in a story about our lives that is not both real AND optimistically leaning.

He’s been talking about this for some time and I get that it’s real for him, but he has not been languaging his experience in a forward moving, and solution-oriented way that’s optimistic. 

I explained further that when that’s happening, that story you’re telling reinforces your present situation and circumstances, and as we all know, what we focus on expands.

At the start it’s a mystery why things are the way they are, but eventually that story becomes your curse (going to happen no matter what you seem to do) because it begins to define you in terms of who you are and how you are performing, maybe looking or feeling (about anything for that matter) down deep, and it can keep you locked in that situation.

Now Mike’s a really smart guy, but like everyone else, when we’re tired it’s hard to think of, let alone execute on a solution, especially when you don’t know the solution and the market keeps minimizing the problem and promoting silver bullets that don’t work. He even said that “he constantly expects things to get better in the coming month, but it’s not getting better.” 

Then I recapped what living a performance lifestyle is all about, at least initially for most people; and it is the condition he has been talking about and correcting course. It’s about renewing your personal power.
Renewing Your Personal Power

For people like Mike, you perhaps and me for that matter, who have experienced the same malaise and vital exhaustion, potentially chronic fatigue and burnout at one time or another (maybe now); who, want to transform the present situation, there is only one course of action that will make things better. That is, the recognition of your life circumstances and what has to change and then making the changes, in a way that works for you. 

The thing is, many of us, under the influence of our present situation and circumstances can’t see the solution, the possibility, especially when we’re feeling run down. It’s during those times that we can get easily mired in thinking that reflects the results we’ve been getting, not the possibility of what could be happening.

And that’s completely understandable, it’s normal and a common experience. One could make the argument we are naturally wired for this, especially when fatigue is in play blunting our creativity and capacity to give rise to that new possibility. 

But this is where the shift needs to take place and it’s the one we want to help you make as you enter 2018 and the rest of your life. Its the transformation every resolution at the start or during a year depends on.

First, let me explain that a Performance Lifestyle, while relevant at all ages from young to old, becomes more relevant, meaningful and actionable the older you get, when:

  1. recovery slows,
  2. we feel the gravity in our lives like never before due to relentless demand on our time and energy, and
  3. not so far down, we feel like the youthful or energetic days are all behind us.
And that’s why we serve best, those who will buy into the idea that there is a new time of our lives “ready and waiting” for any of us if we will make what we’re referring to as a regeneration, transformation.”
 
That’s right, in the New Year, it’s not primarily about work-life balance, eating healthier and exercising more, working smarter, harder, and working your way to a new level of success with the latest and greatest; all of that has it’s time and will happen, but it won’t when down deep you know your suffering from a lack of power. 

That can be a daunting thought and it’s why most people don’t follow through on things. They’re good starters but terrible finishers as the effects of 1-3 above go into effect and we simply don’t have the energy or the drive to finish, which is the hardest part of any endeavor.  

ReGeneration: The Ultimate Resolution. 

The kind of transformation we are talking about is resolving your fatigue and preparing yourself for a surge of the personal power you need to create what you want in the new year.

It’s the ultimate resolution because it transforms everything. It doesn’t require you to “do” a darn thing other than making sure you don’t get caught up in all the essentials that are just pinging, and “cookie” ing, influencing, and rationalizing you to get caught up in. And if you make this transformation, you’ll be able to do everything else better.

So what is the “Regeneration” Transformation? 

For starters, it’s about making sure you get enough quantity, quality, and consistency in your sleep; the one-third of life that makes the other two thirds possible. Anecdotally speaking, the extent to which your sleep degrades, so does your possibility.
It’s a little contrarian, to say the least, but it’s about developing a whole new relationship with fatigue, gaining an understanding of how it’s affecting every capability you have, and knowing how to prepare for another energy surge. As well, making this your new normal; a cycle that will repeat itself for the rest of your life. 
Regularly regenerating your energy and knowing all of the concepts and techniques to do so is core to living a performance lifestyle. It’s what gives you, your personal power and we are going to show you how to do it throughout the year.  

We will be talking more about the Regeneration Transformation, throughout January, as we ready PL365 training, running from February to February of this year, which will inspire you to have regular regeneration transformations. 

It’s Fitting

It’s fitting that the premier lifestyle concept, Performance Lifestyle, is an idea that was born in elite athletics where human energy, health, and performance requirements are usually put to the test; but more so fitting that it was fully defined for Generation Y, X, and the Baby Boomers for that matter. It doesn’t matter if you’re into sports or even fitness enthusiast. What matters is that you are up to something, potentially ambitious, in your life. 

And that is a lot of us!

There is an affinity that emerges when a peak idea becomes available to a population of people who’ve never thought that way before (at least in terms of it being a way of life) and it is transforming.  

You see, today we 35 – 65 and older, relate with younger generations, we’re still strutting our stuff in the workforce, with careers and companies. We have young kids still (many of us have had kids later) like me for instance, with so much to look forward to.

Also, with the explosion of awareness in human performance what was once the thinking and technology only available to those in the athletic domain; today we are realizing that we can leverage that same approach in our lives to function better for longer given we are the parents, professionals, and performers who need it most.

We want to grow older with energy, healthy and with the ability to perform well into the future. We are still on the rise at our age, and have no plans to step back.

And, while we are getting older and function does naturally decline, we do appreciate just being as much as we enjoy becoming; as we age, we have no plans to enter the slippery slope of degenerative decline like generations past who did not know better.

We now know that Regeneration is the core of life itself, it’s what makes our lives possible. And for people like Mike, me and many others who have experienced the negative effects of excess stress and who are learning how to live in balance with vibrant health and peace of mind while achieving even our most ambitious goals; this is where it starts!

Join the Re-generation.  <<==

To correct the course your life and power up throughout the year join the re-generation and make the transformation that doesn’t attempt to get you keep going and going by asking you to willfully generate more energy through non-stop stimulation day in and day out and enables you to “re” generate. What a concept! 
You’ll then learn the art and science of how to manage your energy, like a pro, in what’s called a performance lifestyle, which will help you make so many positive changes in your life. 
Performance Lifestyle is the way, you, like Mike, and many others will break out of your malaise as you learn how to respond to life’s stresses in what become enjoyable ways that don’t create more stress, and make you more resilient.
All of us need to make this upgrade and reinforce it by mastering every aspect of our lifestyle, not just nutrition and fitness. The result is that we change our approach to life and master what it truly means to live in balance, with vibrant health and peace of mind while achieving still, even our most ambitious goals.

If this is what you want for your life in 2018 and beyond, then you are receiving the right information!

As promised, here are the Top 10 Performance Lifestyle Insights from 2017. and the Optimal Performance State that over time you will learn is the ultimate key to living a lifestyle that supports the real you AND what you’re up to in the world.